Journal of the House of Lords: Volume 19, 1709-1714. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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Anno 12° Annæ Reginæ.
DIE Jovis, Nono Aprilis.
DIE Jovis, Nono Aprilis, 1713, Annoque Regni Serenissimæ Dominæ Annæ, Dei Gratia, Magnæ Britanniæ, Franciæ, et Hib'niæ Reginæ, Fidei Defensoris, &c. Duodecimo, in quem Diem præsens hæc Tertia Sessio Parliamenti Magnæ Britanniæ, per separales Prorogationes et Adjournamenta, prorogata et continuata fuerat, in Superiori Parliamenti Domo apud Westm. convenere Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales, quorum Nomina subscribuntur, præsentes fuerunt:
L. Lonsdale takes his Seat.
This Day Richard Lord Viscount Lonsdale sat first in Parliament, after the Death of his Father John Lord Viscount Lonsdale; and took the Oaths, and made and subscribed the Declaration, and also took and subscribed the Oath of Abjuration, pursuant to the Statutes.
The House was adjourned during Pleasure, to robe.
The House was resumed.
Her Majesty, being seated on Her Royal Throne, adorned with Her Crown and Regal Ornaments, and attended with Her Officers of State (the Lords being in their Robes); commanded the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod to let the Commons know, "That it is Her Majesty's Pleasure, they attend Her immediately, in the House of Peers."
Who being come, with their Speaker, Her Majesty spake as follows:
"My Lords, and Gentlemen,
"I ended the last Session with My hearty Thanks, for the solemn Assurances you had given Me, by which I have been enabled to overcome the Difficulties contrived to obstruct the general Peace.
"I have deferred opening the Session until now; being desirous to communicate to you, at your First Meeting, the Success of this important Affair. It is therefore with great Pleasure I tell you, the Treaty is signed; and, in a few Days, the Ratifications will be exchanged.
"The Negociation has been drawn into so great a Length, that all our Allies have had sufficient Opportunity to adjust their several Interests: Though the public Charge has been thereby much increased, yet I hope My People will be easy under it, since we have happily obtained the End we proposed.
"What I have done for securing the Protestant Succession, and the perfect Friendship there is between Me and the House of Hanover, may convince such who wish well to both, and desire the Quiet and Safety of their Country, how vain all Attempts are to divide us; and those who would make a Merit by separating our Interests, will never attain their ill Ends.
"Gentlemen of the House of Commons,
As great a Progress has been made in reducing the public Expence, as the Circumstances of Affairs would admit.
"What Force may be necessary for securing our Commerce by Sea, and for Guards and Garrisons, I leave entirely to My Parliament.
"Make yourselves safe; and I shall be satisfied.
"Next to the Protection of Divine Providence, I depend upon the Loyalty and Affection of My People.
"I want no other Guaranty.
"I recommend to your Care those brave Men, who have served well by Sea or Land this War, and cannot be employed in Time of Peace.
"I must desire you to provide the Supplies you shall judge requisite; and to give such Dispatch as may be necessary for your own Ease, and the Public Service.
"My Lords, and Gentlemen,
"The many Advantages I have obtained for My own Subjects have occasioned much Opposition and long Delay to this Peace.
It affords Me great Satisfaction, that My People will have it in their Power, by Degrees, to repair what they have suffered during so long and burthensome a War.
"The easing our Foreign Trade, as far as is consistent with National Credit, will deserve your Care; and to think of proper Methods for improving and encouraging our Home Trade and Manufactures, particularly the Fishery, which may be carried on to employ all our spare Hands, and be a mighty Benefit even to the remotest Parts of this Kingdom.
"Several Matters were laid before you last Session, which the Weight and Multiplicity of other Business would not permit you to perfect: I hope, you will take a proper Opportunity to give them due Consideration.
"I cannot, however, but expressly mention My Displeasure, at the unparalleled Licentiousness in publishing seditious and scandalous Libels.
"The Impunity such Practices have met with, has encouraged the blaspheming every Thing sacred, and the propagating Opinions tending to the Overthrow of all Religion and Government.
"Prosecutions have been ordered: But it will require some new Law, to put a Stop to this growing Evil; and your best Endeavours, in your respective Stations, to discourage it.
The impious Practice of Dueling requires some speedy and effectual Remedy.
"Now we are entering upon Peace Abroad; let Me conjure you all, to use your utmost Endeavours for calming Men's Minds at Home, that the Arts of Peace may be cultivated.
"Let not groundless Jealousies, contrived by a Faction, and fomented by Party Rage, effect that which our Foreign Enemies could not.
"I pray God to direct all your Consultations, for His Glory, and the Welfare of My People."
Then Her Majesty was pleased to withdraw; and the Commons returned to their House.
The House was adjourned during Pleasure, to unrobe.
The House was resumed.
Poor, to prevent being defrauded, Bill.
Hodie 1a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for preventing of the Poor's being defrauded."
The Lord Chancellor reported Her Majesty's Speech.
And the same being read, by the Clerk:
Address of Thanks:
It was proposed, "That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, to return the Thanks of this House, for Her most Gracious Speech from the Throne; and for Her Majesty's communicating to this House, that a Peace is concluded; and to congratulate Her Majesty upon the Success of Her Endeavours for a general Peace, and for what Her Majesty has done to secure the Protestant Succession; and to assure Her Majesty, that, as She is pleased to express Her Dependance, next under God, upon the Affection of Her People, this House will make all Returns due from obedient Subjects to an indulgent Sovereign."
And a Question being stated thereupon;
Motion to leave Words out of it:
It was moved, "That these Words, (videlicet,) ["and to congratulate Her Majesty upon the Success of Her Endeavours for a general Peace; and for what Her Majesty has done to secure the Protestant Succession], be left out of the said Question."
And Debate thereupon;
"The Question was put, "Whether those Words shall stand Part of the said Question?"
It was Resolved in the Affirmative.
Ordered, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, "To return the Thanks of this House, for Her most Gracious Speech from the Throne; and for Her Majesty's communicating to this House, that a Peace is concluded; and to congratulate Her Majesty upon the Success of Her Endeavours for a general Peace, and for what Her Majesty has done to secure the Protestant Succession; and to assure Her Majesty, that, as She is pleased to express Her Dependance, next under God, upon the Affection of Her People, this House will make all Returns due from obedient Subjects to an indulgent Sovereign."
Then the Lords following were appointed a Committee, to draw an Address pursuant thereunto; and report to the House; (videlicet,)
Ds. North & Grey.
Their Lordships, or any Seven of them; to meet presently, in the Prince's Lodgings near the House of Peers; and to adjourn as they please.
The House was adjourned during Pleasure.
The House was resumed.
Lords Committees appointed to consider of the Customs and Orders of the House, and the Privileges of Parliament, and of the Peers of Great Britain and Lords of Parliament.
Their Lordships, or any Seven of them; to meet on Monday next, at Ten a Clock in the Forenoon, in the House of Peers, and every Monday after; and to adjourn from Time to Time, as they please.
Committee for the Journal.
Lords Sub-committees appointed to consider of the Orders and Customs of the House, and Privileges of the Peers of Great Britain and Lords of Parliament; and to peruse and perfect the Journal of this and the last Session of Parliament.
Their Lordships, or any Three of them; to meet when, where, and as often as, they please.
Stoppages in the Streets, Order to prevent.
The House taking Notice, that there is such an Interruption, by Hackney Coaches, Carts, and Drays, in King's Street, and the Passages to The Old Palace Yard, in Westminster, that the Lords and others are frequently hindered from coming to this House, to the great Inconveniency of the Members of both Houses:
It is thereupon Ordered, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the High Steward of the City of Westminster, or his Deputy, together with the Justices of the Peace for the said City, shall, by their Care and Directions to the Constables and other Officers within the said Limits, take special Order, that no empty Hackney Coaches be suffered to make any Stay, between Whitehall and The Old Palace Yard, in Westminster, from Eleven of the Clock in the Forenoon until Three of the Clock in the Afternoon of the same Day, during the Sitting of this Parliament; and that no Carriages, Drays, or Carts, be permitted to pass through the said Streets and Passages, between the Hours aforesaid, during the Sitting of this Parliament; and herein special Care is to be taken, by the said Deputy Steward, Justices of the Peace, Constables, and all other Officers herein concerned, as the contrary will be answered to this House.
Huband alias Pollen versus Huband et al.
Upon reading the Petition and Appeal of John Huband, alias Pollen, Eldest Son of Jane Pollen, Daughter of Sir John Huband Baronet, deceased, an Infant, by Edward Pollen Esquire, his Father and next Friend, and the said Edward Pollen, One of the Executors of the last Will and Testament of the said Sir John Huband deceased, from a Decree, or Decretal Order, of the Court of Chancery, made the Sixth Day of December One Thousand Seven Hundred and Twelve, in a Cause wherein the Petitioners were Plaintiffs, and Sir John Huband Baronet, only Son and Heir of Sir John Huband Baronet, deceased, Thomas Hutton and John Limbrey Esquires, Two other Executors of the last Will and Testament of the said Sir John Huband, deceased, were Defendants; as likewise in a Cross Cause, wherein the said Sir John Huband was Plaintiff, and the Petitioners and the said Thomas Hutton and John Limbrey were Defendants; and praying, "That the said Decree, made in the Cause wherein the said Respondent Sir John Huband was Plaintiff, may be reversed and set aside; and that the Bill mentioned in the Appeal may be dismissed:"
It is Ordered, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said Sir John Huband, Thomas Hutton, and John Limbrey, may have a Copy of the said Appeal; and shall and they are hereby required to put in their Answer thereunto, in Writing, on or before Thursday the Three and Twentieth Day of this Instant April, at Ten a Clock in the Forenoon.
Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Veneris, decimum diem instantis Aprilis, hora duodecima, Dominis sic decernentibus.